Yuvraaj Parasher, the lead in “India’s Brokeback Mountain” Dunno Y … Na Jaane Kyun, which features the country’s first big screen same-sex kiss, as well as some obvious nods to gay sex, has been disowned by his family in Agra.
Perhaps worse, Yuvraaj’s father Satish Parasher is going to the press to tarnish his son’s name: “I feel what he has done is against the culture and tradition of our country and it challenges the purity of the relationship between a man and a woman. He kept us in the dark right from when he signed the film and told us that he is acting with a girl. When we heard about the poster and the things he has done in the film, we were shocked, hurt and humiliated. People will make fun of us and we won’t be able to live peacefully ever again. … We are a respected family and I’m appalled that he is playing a gay man’s role. We’re finished. All the dreams and hopes we had built around him are over. For just a film role, he has lost out on his blood ties. We don’t want to see his face ever… not even when we are dying.”
It’s not just Satish who’s upset: India’s film board is asking director Sanjay Sharma to cut the scenes featuring Yuvraaj and co-star Kapil Sharma.